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Deeside Everton FC supporter unearths family snap of Dixie Dean

A STAUNCH Evertonian has been delving into his family history ahead of his beloved club’s biggest game of the season.

The Toffees take on bitter rivals Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Saturday, and former steelworker Paul Shotton’s family ties will ensure he’s shouting as loud as any Blue.

Last week Paul, 61, unearthed an old family snap of his grandma’s cousin – Everton legend Dixie Dean!

“I was going through some old photographs and I came across one of Dixie, who is one of my distant relatives,” said Paul, an ex-trade union leader who lives in Connah’s Quay.

Blues hero Dixie – born William Ralph Dean – scored more than 300 goals between 1925 and 1937 for the club he supported as a boy.

He is regarded as one of British football’s all-time greats, and a statue of him was unveiled outside Everton’s Goodison Park home in 2001.

Dixie was Paul’s great-grandfather William Dean’s nephew – and therefore a cousin of Paul’s nan Margaret.

“All my family are Everton supporters,” said Paul.

“My son Aaron is a big Evertonian and his boys Ben and Liam, who are eight and six, are always shouting for them as well.”

After the Second World War, Dixie ran The Dublin Packet in Chester, turning it into one of the city’s biggest attractions and a hotspot for Everton supporters.

Paul’s cousin Dixie Shotton – named after the man who scored 18 goals in 16 England appearances – worked at the pub, as did several other family members.

“We’re very proud to have a family connection to our club’s all-time hero,” added Paul.

“Now we’re just keeping our fingers crossed for the right result on Saturday!”

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